1 to 2-Witness statement of
Clarence Eden Mitchell
Leicestershire Police Force
Statement by Clarence Eden Mitchell
This statement consists of two pages, signed by me, is truthful
and in accordance with my understanding.
Date 28th April 2008
I am the person referred to above, resident at the address
previously provided to the police. Today, officers from the
Leicestershire police force questioned me about some of the
aspects related to the Madeleine McCann inquiry. I was informed
that these questions were raised and officially requested by the
Portuguese authorities. I am aware that my statement will be
subject to the Portuguese Penal Code, as well as to Church law.
These are the replies that I can make to the following
questions. In relation to how I met Gerry and Kate McCann and
what my relationship with them is: I met Gerry at the end of May
2007 when he returned to the UK after his daughter's
disappearance. It was a circumstantial meeting at Leicestershire
Police station. At the time I was working as part of the
Consular Assistance Group, representing the foreigners
department. I as asked to return to Portugal with Mr McCann,
where I met his wife. Later I became the McCann family's
representative and I developed a good personal and professional
relationship with them.
As regards my travel to Portugal; I travelled on the 22nd May
2007 and remained in Portugal until the middle of June. Since
then, there was no need to return.
As regards my accommodation in Portugal, I stayed in a Mark
Warner apartment in the Ocean Club, near to the apartment
occupied by the McCann family. I did not notice anything strange
in the apartment.
With regard to the moments that I spent with Kate and Gerry; I
was with them daily for various hours, whilst I was in Portugal.
After my return to the UK I continued to be in daily contact
with them and we would meet two or three times a week.
With regard to Kate and Gerry's behaviour; Their behaviour has
been entirely of constant anguish, typical of parents who have
lost their daughter in tragic circumstances. Everything that
they said or did leads me to believe that they are completely
innocent of involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine.
With regard to the various questions about the Renault Scenic: I
often saw the car but I do not remember whether I was only
inside the Renault Scenic once. I travelled as a front seat
passenger on the night that we went to the charity concert in
Lagos. Gerald McCann was the driver. The vehicle was packed with
other family members.
I did not notice anything strange about the vehicle nor any
unpleasant or intense smell.
I do not think that Kate or Gerry could have hidden Madeleine or
transported her body anywhere in the car. In my opinion this is
a ridiculous suggestion, given that they as well as the car were
the object of intense observation by the media, day and night,
during the whole time that I was with them. The car was always
parked in front of a multitude from television channels and
photographers. The car was always followed by photographers
during the whole time.
I cannot think of any more information or explanations that
could be relevant or that could help the investigation in any
This statement was made by me and is truthful in accordance with